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The Berkshires - West Cummington - Woods, Water and Wildlife

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

On 44 acres of woodland, with a third of a mile of river frontage on the East Branch of the designated Wild and Scenic Westfield River, this log house offers a real opportunity to relax. A cathedral window overlooks the river and a deck to watch the humming birds completes the setting. The master bedroom upstairs has an en-suite bathroom and there is a minstrel gallery above the open plan living and dining area. Craftsmen used local hard woods for the hand built kitchen and breakfast bar and the floors.

We built the property on a whim, but now discover that Cummington has everything. Northampton, Stockbridge, the Hancock Shaker Village, Tanglewood, the Clarke museum in Williamstown, the Mass MOCA and the Shopping Mall at Lee are readily accessible.

The area has black bear, beavers and, occasionally, a moose on Main Street. There is a trailcam available for the use of guests who wish to explore the night life (which includes racoon, deer, fox, and other surprise visitors). The adjacent land is a Massachussets Wildlife Management Area and the State also stocks the river.

We do not have TV but the local Bryant Library stocks a selection of DVDs and good books. NPR and WiFi are available,

The adjacent garage has an efficiency apartment overhead, occupied by an unobtrusive couple who overseee bed linen, cleaning and other guest needs. A welcome pack to your specification will be provided. They will also cater if required.

Google Earth shows at Lat:42.493142 Lon: -72.973293, but I cannot promise that the island to the left will not have been further excavated by the beavers - on the other hand they may have created an excellent swimming hole!

I am afraid that, however short your intended visit, the need to complete administrative formalities usually requires at least two weeks notice if you wish to rent the house.

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More Details

Stephen Mathewson
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2016

Why Stephen Mathewson chose Berkshires

This house was built by us as a site for relaxation - woodland walks and wild life viewing and only rented out when we realised that, living in England, we do not get to the States as often as we might.

What makes this house unique

While it is reasonably close to Tanglewood, our main joy is the sightings of the local fauna - laid back beaver, passing otter, and agitated mother black bear with cubs - and the great village atmosphere of West Cummington. The tranquility of the riverside location is enhanced through the cathedral windows.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful vacation at your home this month! We really enjoyed the neighbourhood and explored the Hidden Hills area. We loved relaxing in the house and on the large rock in the river. The local produce was deliciousand we made frequent trips to local blueberry picking. We managed to have one good day at Tanglewood to see Norah Jones perform, but we were rained out of another attempt to see the symphony. We did a number of good hikes in the area and visited Shelburne Falls, Williamstown, Northhampton, Lenox.... You're situated in a wonderful location for exploration. (The “Rs” – Aug 2003)
Oct 2003
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Cummington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Upstairs, en-suite,double wash basins
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a futon in the loft
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Hot Air Heating, Pseudo (gas) log fire


5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

The Berkshires - West Cummington - Woods, Water and Wildlife
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Peaceful and inspiring

  • 5 of 5

I came to visit with my daughter who lives nearby. I am an artist and my main inspiration comes from the sights and sounds found in nature. I am a city dweller because it is convenient for me as I am nearing my twilight years. I found the cabin in the woods restful and cozy. My daughter and I spent time together talking in the open space and sunlight of the main living area. I also spent time alone, walking the property and sketching the woods and the stream near by. I recommend this property as a get away and a place to contemplate and rejuvenate. Ellen Mills Providence, Rhode Island

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

All we expected...and much more!

  • 5 of 5

Looked for a long time and finally decided on this property due to it's location amongst nature and in proximity of the wonderful river. It truly is surrounded by all the Berkshires has to offer. We were very comfortable in the house, but at the same time felt very secluded and like we were the only house for miles. Enjoyed the local hiking, the organic, sustainable farms and the wildlife abound. We look forward to a future visit to this wonderful home in the woods, near the water and amidst wildlife.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Egg Harbor Township, NJ

More than I expected...

  • 5 of 5

This is not just a house, it is a home. Not only are all kitchen items, towels, etc... available, but owner welcomed us with the basic food necessities in the kitchen. Even though there is no cable, we had an excellent time enjoying the peaceful ambiance. The only difficulty we had was that there was some distance to restaurants. BUT, we went food shopping and were able to cook and bake anything we wanted since appliances/ utensils, and spices were available! We can't wait to go back again!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Braintree, MA

I'm sure you hear this fr...

  • 5 of 5

I'm sure you hear this from everyone, but it is a truly wonderful house. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the area. "The Creamery" is a find and luckily we did not encounter the porcupine. We may very well want to rent from you again and I will tell my friends who might be interested in such a lovely and relaxing retreat.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2005
  • Stayed: Nov 2005
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Old Rte 9
Car: necessary

The Westfield River is a protected Wild and Scenic area and the opportunities for bird and wild life watching reflect this. Road traffic is light so access to the Clarke Museum, Williamstown Museum and MassMoCA is easy


Rates & Availability

Cummington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 14 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Pet Fee $30

Rates are negotiable and discounts apply to repeat renters. Dogs may be considered- subject to a variation in the rates. I am happy to call any interested parties (from the UK at our expense) to answer questions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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